Not 100% of the eligible (the eligibility age is 18) need to purchase life insurance. Some of them may already have enough assets and so much wealth that they will never need life insurance. Their dependents will have no financial troubles if they pass on anytime sooner or later.
But their numbers can be counted.
Most people do not belong to the category. They need life insurance.
Many of them admit to the fact. But they refrain from making a purchase of life insurance products due to their lack of knowledge in the matter.
That can prove pathetic.
Head-rolling statistics shows 30% of the U.S households possess no life insurance and 62% of them admit that their families will be in immediate financial trouble in the event of the wager-earner’s death.
LIMRA, and Life Happens’ Life Insurance Barometer Study 2016 shows that 50% of the millennials who did not purchase life insurance reasoned nobody approached them with an offer. The same study says that 58% of them said they refrained from insurance because they had not gotten around to it.
LIMRA points out the reason: “Six in 10 say they don’t know what to buy or how much they need. One of the biggest obstacles is lack of information.”
This is why financial planners keep educating people so that they may know how to prepare to purchase life insurance.
Here are 6 essential tips that will help you buy life insurance without mistakes:
Know Your Objective
If you are a steady saver, you know you don’t need perpetual protection. There is probably a certain period that you need the protection for. Once the period is over, your death will not affect your dependents’ life. Insurers have products to provide you temporary protection for such situations. This periodic insurance is called term insurance which you can buy for 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30-year periods. So, purchase your policy for the duration you think you need it for.
On the other hand, you may want to get protection for the rest of your life. You may also want to purchase a life insurance product that would work for savings and bring some profit. Then, the best bet for you is a whole life insurance plan. Hope, you now understand that whole life policies are a mix of both insurance and savings.
Obviously, whole insurance will sound sweeter than the term insurance. But, taking a look at the purpose is more important when you go to purchase life insurance.
So, get a clear idea about how term and whole life insurance actually work.
Choose Your Nominees Carefully
You need life insurance not for yourself but for those who would be affected by your death. Their financial protection is the prime concern that leads you to purchase insurance. So, it is important that you choose your beneficiaries wisely and well ahead. Choose a principal nominee and one or more secondary beneficiaries as back-up nominees. Do not choose only one nominee. If the only nominee dies off, there will be trouble for the heirs to get the benefit.
Also, make sure the primary nominee is dependable and will not usurp the money. When there are more than one dependents for whom you purchase life insurance, you should give good consideration on the issue.
Money in the wrong hand, you see, may spoil your insurance.
Choose Right Coverage
Coverage is the amount of protection money that the insurer and you sign the contract for. It is more popularly known as death benefit, face value or coverage. Choosing enough coverage so that your dependents can live easily not only now but also toward the end of the policy (at whichever time you pass on) is the hardest part of the deal. Taking into consideration all the financial liabilities is very important. Calculating how much money the beneficiaries will need in your mortal absence is a vital question. So do your calculations wisely.
While you can do the calculation by yourself, you may also take help from one of the many free life insurance needs calculators available online.
Also, there are many online articles full of useful tips that will tell you how much life insurance you need. You can read them for sure.
Decide Medical or No Medial Method
You can get your life insurance policy either through physical exam or without physical exam. While no physical exam life insurance policies are easy to buy, they are usually more expensive. If you want to save on your life insurance purchase (and you should), the best way for you is to go for medical-exam-inclusive policies. Unless you are under obligation to purchase life insurance without medical exam, you had better decide which way you would like to go. For example, you may need to get insurance immediately when you are faced with a divorce decree.
So, for preparing to purchase life insurance, you need to choose the right method for you.
Get Professional Help
Agents can help you find the best bet when you want to purchase life insurance policy. They are knowledgeable in the policy details, costs and companies. So, you can very well trust and ask a professional for help.
However, you should make sure that the agent possesses all the professional qualities that he should have. Avoiding pushy agents without proper knowledge is a good idea. Also, company-bound agents are better avoided as they limit your choices. Besides, look at the reputation of the agent. Check if the agent is genuine or not. Fake agents are not dodos.
These days, however, online brokerage agencies are rising as reliable institutions. Many of them have salaried agents who can provide you the best advice and help find the policy you need.
One of the biggest benefits of taking professional help is they do all the necessary paperwork (that you provide to them) in your behalf.
Do Some Reading
Understanding the insurance products is not much difficult. There are hundreds of blogs, vlogs and sites to educate you in insurance in simpler language. For starters, rather than depending on an agent, it is more beneficial to spend a few hours reading some of them. Agents should come into the scene only after you have done your research. You can then make an educated decision about the future of your beloved ones.
And when you make an educated decision, you lose nothing.